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Stone Cold Dead (1979)

Sergeant Boyd's police search to find a sniper who has been shooting hookers.

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George Mendeluk

Writers:

Hugh Garner (novel), George Mendeluk
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Crenna ... Sgt. Boyd
Paul Williams ... Julius Kurtz
Linda Sorensen ... Monica Page
Belinda Montgomery ... Sandy MacAuley (as Belinda J. Montgomery)
Chuck Shamata ... Sgt. Tony Colabre (as Charles Shamata)
Alberta Watson ... Olivia Page
Andrée Cousineau ... Bernice Carnival
Monique Mercure ... Dr. Bouvier
George Chuvalo ... Frank
Jennifer Dale ... Claudia Grissom
Frank Moore ... Teddy Mann
George Touliatos ... Insp. Webb
Dennis Strong Dennis Strong ... Danny De Lion
Miles Potter Miles Potter
Marie Clark Marie Clark
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Storyline

Sergeant Boyd's police search to find a sniper who has been shooting hookers.

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Taglines:

A lady of the night can sell anything...even her life.

Genres:

Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 March 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Les clichés de la haine See more »

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Budget:

CAD900,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Ko-Zak Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Bellevue Pathe)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Shot in November and December of 1978. See more »

Goofs

When Danny uses an M16 rifle in semi-automatic mode to shoot Sandy and the other man in the red Fiat, the sounds of a manual reload/cocking can be heard between shots, even though the M16 wouldn't do that, nor do his hands move. See more »

Quotes

Julius Kurtz: Oh, hello, officers. I see the Mayor's annual clean up campaign is in full swing. I must commend him in the morning.
Sgt. Boyd: [the other officer starts to frisk him] Alright, take it easy, take it easy.
Julius Kurtz: [the officer finds a gun] Voila! Magique - ze gun permit. Signed by the Mayor.
Sgt. Boyd: Pimp!
Julius Kurtz: No, no, not really, more of a traffic cop. I mean I direct people to things that they're looking for. For this, they love me. Mason, here, he prays for me. Would you like Mason to pray for you? He'd do that you know - if I...
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Alternate Versions

The 1980 Dimension Pictures U.S. release added an opening sequence in which a prostitute, played by a young Linnea Quigley, is shot to death in her shower. This is also intact on the original VHS release by Media Home Entertainment, but not the original Canadian version. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Dragon Fly and Kites
performed by Belinda Montgomery (as Belinda J. Montgomery)
composed by Alexis Radlin
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Tantalizingly Close, Yet So Far
7 January 2017 | by shoobe01-1See all my reviews

Richard Crenna and Paul Williams are excellent, a few supporting actors are also outstanding. The photography is occasionally too gimmicky, but is mostly good to exceptional. The music is great, even when it's not music I love it fits. It establishes a mood, time and place (It's Very, Very Toronto, not NYC or LA...) nicely. There's some lovely editing, lighting and the sound design and recording is vastly above par for the era, and pretty good for today's technology and sensibility.

A lot of it is filmed in real locations, and it's a lovely slice of 70's TO. Sets stick out like a sore thumb, and the occasional covering of a brand with gaffer tape is too obvious also. The snowstorm seems like a mistake as well they had to go with for budget/schedule, and there are a few radio VOs to explain things that are just very oddly/badly done. Some key supporting actors are just awful and similarly stick out, which is all too bad.

But most disappointingly, for much of the film there's no plot to speak of, and the story rambles for no good reason.

The serial killer plot is poorly done, unlikely, and while the ending is somewhat interestingly done, in the final analysis I think unnecessary and too clever by half. I feel instead that this film would have worked much better with Richard Crenna going after a single murder in the same awful place full of crime and the immorality that eats at him, and trying to pin it on Paul Williams much as he does already.


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